Tai Chi Lee

Tai Chi Lee

Promoting Harmony of Mind, Inner Awareness and Mental Focus.

Tai Chi Lee
See my blogs on wordpress Check out my Twitter photos and quotes. Tai Chi Corner

Classes

  • Private Instruction and corporate on-site classes are flexible and can be scheduled accordingly (please e-mail me to discuss).
  • RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness - This facility is located in the old Ames Shopping Center at 3100 Quakerbridge Road (Clover Mall). You may contact them for further information. The current Tai Chi schedule is listed below. Also see the RWJ Newsletter article on Tai Chi.
  • The Hamilton Area YMCAthrough their Active Older Adult program on Thursdays at 1PM.
  • The Hamilton Twp. Board of Education has decided to close the Hamilton Twp. Adult Community Education Program effective July 2016.  Therefore there will no longer be Tai Chi or other classes offered through the township  (see course description here of previous classes).  Please contact the township for more information.
  • Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton has featured Tai Chi Lee in both a short series of classes and a “walk & talk.”  Please see the G for S calendar for any future upcoming tai chi events.
  • National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton has featured Tai Chi Lee in their Serving up Health program.
  • The Robbinsville Senior Center may schedule Tai Chi Lee again in the future.  Contact the center for more information.

Lee Atwater is a  Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor and has attended Dr. Paul Lam’s workshop for special training.

Please check free downloads below and the Links page if you would like to find out more about Tai Chi!

Twitter Timeline

 

Below is the current class schedule for tai chi classes at RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness but please be sure to check for any schedule changes and watch the bulletin boards at RWJ Hamilton.  See an RWJ Newsletter article on Tai Chi. Please continue to watch for official schedule updates at RWJ as times and locations change and cancellations may occur. Fortunately we maintain very good communications within our group.  The Tai Chi “players” at RWJ are warm, friendly and caring people - so please join us.  In addition, we have many fun activities scheduled outside our normal classes.

Day

Time

Style

Teacher

Tuesday

11:45 to 1:15

Traditional Yang 108, 13 and 49 posture forms (last 30 mins. is advanced)

Lee

Thursday

7:30 to 8:30PM

Traditional Yang Long Form

Russell

Saturday

11:30am to 1:15

Traditional Yang Long Form, sword and whip (last 45 mins. is advanced)

Aliya

Note that Tai Chi classes are also taught at the RWJ Princeton, Plainsboro and Freehold facilities.  You can check their schedule of classes by selecting the links below:

back to top


Free Downloads

Below are some PDF files of various Yang style Tai Chi forms and some articles that you may download and save to your PC. Please check back to see if any more new pieces have been added.  Please scroll down the page for other useful resources.

back to top


Tai Chi Inspiration Radio Show

Tai Chi Lee is on Blog Talk RadioThe schedule has changed and the live shows are done ad-hoc.  The shows will be announced in advance so you can listen to them live when it airs or listen right here to one of the archived episodes.

 

Listen to internet radio with Tai Chi Lee on Blog Talk Radio

back to top


The Ten Guiding Points of Tai Chi

1. Relax – loosen the muscles, release tension and give up your energy externally but preserve it internally.

2. Sink – the whole body, upper torso, waist, thighs and legs, should be relaxed and all energy concentrated in the “Bubbling Springs.”

3. Chest sunk, back straight, shoulders down and elbows lowered – combined, this allows the chi to sink to the tan t’ien.

4. Suspend from above – a light and nimble energy should be preserved on the top of the head and the lowest vertebrae should be erect.

5. Use the mind – all the movements are directed by the mind without using external muscular force (arms become like iron bars wrapped in cotton).  “From the most flexible and yielding, one will arrive at the most powerful and unyielding.”

6. Body acts as one unit – upper body and lower body follow each other.  Energy is rooted in the feet, develops in the legs, is directed by the waist and is expressed through the fingers.

7. Full and empty – when practicing it is important to distinguish between insubstantial and substantial.

8. Line of vision – your eyes must always look forward to an imaginary opponent.  The head and body must move as one unit.

9. Flow – all the movements of the form must be connected without severance – practiced slowly, effortlessly and continuously to allow the chi and blood to circulate.

10. Meditation in action – when practicing you must control your movements by tranquility and direct the movements with mind intent rather than external muscular force.

back to top


Some Suggested Reading Materials

For those interested in learning more, here is a short list of some suggested reading, videos and music:

Books - there are many good books available both philosophical and instructional.

  • T’ai-chi Touchstones: Yang Family Secret Transmissions, translated by Douglas Wile - discusses the tai chi principles in detail and has pictures of Yang Cheng Fu.
  • Tao Te Ching translated by Stephen Mitchell - “The book of the way” - a small book of verses.
  • The Essence of T’ai Chi - Waysun Liao - A Shambhala Pocket Classic with lots of philosophical background and detailed tai chi classics.
  • The Tao of Tai-Chi - Jou, Tsung Hwa - One of the best tai chi books available discussing theory, breathing, the form and much more.
  • T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Self-Defense - Master T. T. Liang. Another great book on philosophy and practice.
  • Yang Style Taijiquan - Yang Zhenduo - The ultimate book for learning the details of the Yang long form postures.
  • Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan - Fu Zhongwen - A student of Yang Cheng Fu, Master Fu writes in detail about each posture, including the tai chi classics and push hands.

Videos - Good Yang style videos may be difficult to find but here are a couple that I like.

  • T’ai Chi For Health - Yang Long Form with Terry Dunn. Terry Dunn also has a Yang Short Form video.
  • Traditional Yang Style Taijiquan - A 3-volume set of instruction directly from the family that created Yang Style Taijiquan. See Yang Family site for more information.

Music - depending on your taste, there is a huge selection of music appropriate for Taiji. Generally look under “New Age” in music stores or search for “tai chi” on Amazon or other music retailers.

  • Dean Evenson - “Sound Healing” or “Tao of Healing” - see Soundings of the Planet for more info.
  • T’ai Chi Sunrise - Avalon Music
  • Steven Halpern - “Inner Peace” - see Inner Peace Music
  • Other artists include:
    • Deuter
    • Carlos Nakai - Native American flute
    • Andreas Vollenweider - Harp

back to top

At first I take up T’ai Chi as a hobby,
Gradually I become addicted to it,
Finally I can no longer get rid of it.
I must keep on practicing for my whole life –
It is the only way to preserve health.
The more I practice, the more I want to learn from teachers and books.
The more I learn, the less I feel I know.
The theory of T’ai Chi is so profound and abstruse!
I must continue studying forever and ever…
It is the only way to improve and better myself.

- Master T. T. Liang

back to top


Tai Chi Fusion

Tai Chi Fusion©

Web site by LA Consulting - Lee Atwater

I Found My CHI with Tai Chi Lee”

World Tai Chi Day

 


View Lee Atwater's profile on LinkedIn

Tennis Tai Chi

Find Tai Chi Events

Tai Chi Events
Tai Chi Central

 

Find me on linkholistic: Tai Chi Lee

All content copyright © Lee Atwater - All Rights Reserved